This Place Called Hell
I want you to take god's word and turn with me, please, today to revelation, chapter 21 and we're going to read verses 7 and 8. Revelation, chapter 21 verses 7 and 8. And as you are finding that in your bible, may I say that the subject that I have with me today for you is a difficult subject and i've actually tried to talk myself out of preaching this message. And i'll tell you why.
It's not a happy message. I'd much rather say something about joy, about life, about victory, (and all of that needs to be preached) but I am convinced that the missing message in today's church and especially on the air waves is the message concerning hell. And I believe that we're reaping the benefits of failing to bring that message. I believe the reason we have so much, so-called hell in our world is because we have so little in our pulpits.
I believe that we need to sound the alarm. And this message is a message to sound the alarm. And I want to say that i'm not speaking this morning primarily to the lost. Most lost people are not saved by hearing a message on hell. Many are, but i'm preaching primarily to the church: those of us who are saved! Because so many times we fail to be properly motivated to share the gospel of jesus christ. One great motivation is the love of god that constrains us.
Another great motivation is, as paul said, "knowing the terror of the lord we persuade men." some of you have loved ones who are going to die and go to hell unless you bring the message of salvation and the message of redemption to them. And it is the church that needs to be warned. We need to be shocked out of our lethargy.
Now, again, I want to say that if I am a faithful preacher of the gospel of jesus christ, i'm going to have to preach the whole counsel of god. And i'm gonna have to preach as jesus preached. And I want to remind you of this: that jesus christ had more to say about the place called "hell" than any other person in the bible. You understand that?
Now listen to this scripture, revelation 21, verse seven, "he that overcometh shall inherit all things and I will be his god, and he shall be my son." what a wonderful promise that is!! But now listen to verse 8, "but the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
I'm told that on an occasion, some sailors aboard a ship asked their chaplain this question, they said, "chaplain, do you believe in hell?" he said, "I certainly do! Why did you ask?" they said, "for this reason," they said, "if there is a hell, and you don't believe in it, we don't want you for a chaplain, but," they said,"if there is no hell, we don't need any chaplain." a good thought, but, you see, sometimes the preacher who preaches on hell is accused of being unloving. The world loves to sneer an ...
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